5 Edinburgh theatre shows you must see

Matt Lapinskas as Pharaoh and Lloyd Daniels as Joseph. Pic:  Darren Bell
Matt Lapinskas as Pharaoh and Lloyd Daniels as Joseph. Pic: Darren Bell
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How much? A night at the theatre is not cheap these days. Premium seats can cost anything up to £75 for the biggest shows, a hefty levy if you are a family of four, so it pays to plan ahead.

TOM Conti, best known for the movie Shirley Valentine, reprises his West End role of Juror Number 8 in Bill Kenwright’s hit production of Twelve Angry Men, which stops off at The King’s for a week in February.

A jury has murder on their minds and a life in their hands as they decide the fate of a young delinquent accused of killing his father. But what appears to be an open and shut case soon becomes a huge dilemma as prejudices and preconceived ideas about the accused, the trial and each other turn the tables every which way, until the nail-biting climax.

King’s Theatre, Leven Street, 23-28 February, 7.30pm (matinees 2.30pm), £15-£30.50, 0131-529 6000

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

ANOTHER classic from the Bill Kenwright stable, Joseph has been enchanting audiences for more than four decades now, playing the Capital many times. In February it returns to the Playhouse.

This time, the musical, which tells the Biblical story of Joseph and the coat of many colours, features X Factor finalist Lloyd Daniels as the eponymous hero, fellow X Factor star Marcus Collins as the Narrator and Matt Lapinskas, EastEnders’ Anthony Moon, as the Pharaoh. Expect to hear Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door To Me.

Playhouse, Greenside Place, 17-21 February, various times, £17.90-£38.90, 0844-871 3014

THE PRODUCERS

MEL Brooks’ much loved Academy Award-winning movie and Broadway smash hit goosesteps into the Festival Theatre in March.

Impoverished by a string of flops, New York producer Max Bialystock recruits timid accountant Leo Bloom to help him pull off Broadway’s greatest scam. They aim to produce the worst show ever and run away with millions, but they learn that showbusiness can kick you in the teeth.

Featuring the outrageous Springtime For Hitler, this production stars stand-up Jason Manford and choreographer Louie Spence.

With a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and three Olivier Awards to its credit, this should be one musical not to miss.

Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, 23-28 March, 7.30pm (Matinees 2.30pm), £16.50-£42.50, 0131-529 6000

THE VENETIAN TWINS

IF you loved the National Theatre’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors recently, chances are you’ll want to see The Venetian Twins, at the Lyceum in April. One Man, Two Guvnors is a play by Richard Bean, an English adaptation of Servant of Two Masters (Il servitore di due padroni), a 1743 Commedia dell’arte-style comedy play by the Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni. Goldoni followed up with this tale of mayhem and mistaken identity.

Estranged twins, Zanetto and Tonino are unlike each other in every way… except that they look exactly the same. When they both arrive in the same town on the same day each seeking a bride-to-be, romantic entanglements soon become hopelessly confused.

Before lunchtime, insults, threats, proposals, offers of duels and boxes of jewels have all ended up in the wrong hands... sorting it all out in time for the weddings is going to be murder.

Adapted by Tony Cownie, this new take on this riotous farce brings a Scottish flavour to proceedings.

Royal Lyceum, Grindlay Street, 24 April-16 May, 7.30pm (Matinees 2pm), £10-£29, 0131-248 4848

TEECHERS

JOHN Godber’s modern classic about life at a comprehensive school comes to Musselburgh’s Brunton Theatre for one night only in March.

Join Mr Nixon, an unsuspecting new drama teacher, as he embarks upon his chosen career in Teechers, which brings to life an array of terrifying teachers and hopeless pupils through the unique eyes of Salty, Gail and Hobby, three Year 11 students about to go out into the real world.

Funny and energetic, Teechers has something vital to say about education for the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’.

Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, 5 March, 7.30pm, £7-£12, 0131-665 2240